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Comment Re:DMCA to the rescue? (Score 1) 370

If you can show it's copyrighted work, they'll take notice when you file a DMCA. But I believe this has to be under penalty of perjury.

If they do ignore it, file a DMCA on the ISP's provider.

However, the info posted is likely not copyrighted.... which falls under other rules of anti-harassment and state laws. Unfortunately, there's still not a lot you can do about it in that case, due to the annoyance of having to deal with a company across the world.

Comment The NSA has done several things to help security (Score 4, Informative) 105

Long ago, they released configuration steps and tools to lock down windows 2000. It wasn't just sent to government agencies, but opened up for businesses, too.

They did the same thing with XP, iirc.

It makes sense. It's useful for the NSA to keep computers secure from script kiddies. Doesn't matter to them -- they break into routers, not computers, for the most part :o

Submission + - Keen open sources in-development, popular commercial game Space Engineers

bugnuts writes: Keen Software House announced today they are open-sourcing their popular "early access" game Space Engineers, and reserved $100k to provide grants for modding and conversion development. The art assets are not allowed to be distributed, as the game is still selling well during development and is not available free to play, but is now free to extend the existing API and modify far deeper than before. Modders may distribute their mods, and may optionally contribute back to the core game.

Currently, it is only compilable on wintel.

Comment Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681

But "one of the foremost science educators"? Hmmm.

Your other points notwithstanding, I have to defend Nye here.... He's absolutely one of the foremost educators.

Education also requires reach. The most brilliant prof could teach one person who may end up a brilliant scientist. A really bad teacher could cycle through a ton of students, and none of them would gain anything... But even a mediocre scientist who's funny, accurate, and enjoyable teaching thousands actual science would be a better educator overall by leaps and bounds.

Nye's show was wildly popular to teens and preteens, and watched by millions. Hell, he might have been largely responsible for tens of thousands of people going into science fields that wouldn't have otherwise. I say this because 85% of teens knew of him, and 90% of those actually watched his shows according to a study by Josephine Holz. I'd love to see a freshman incoming questionnaire asking "Who inspired you most to pursue a science degree?" and I bet Nye would be the name most given.

He was Gen Y's Mr. Wizard, and even more popular. That's pretty cool, and I claim that makes him one of the foremost science educators in the US.

Comment Re:Hmm, maybe (Score 4, Informative) 213

I've heard lots of digital noise when mixing production sound, but it's usually from cellphones and HID lamps. On one production, I had to have everyone double check their phones were off, checked all the wiring, XLR cables, etc, and found the problem was the recorder was noisy out of spec. There's a small possibility it was actually a noisy connection on the card, although I've never heard of a noisy card itself.

For those that have never done production sound, the equipment can absolutely produce noise, and you need to limit it as best as possible. Usually, the noise floor of the preamps, room, and poor mic placement will trump any beeping you might get from pro electronics, but I do not put the possibility of it in the Monster Cable category of bullshit. I believe it *could* happen, but is probably extremely rare and only in controlled ADC rooms.

Submission + - Local Hackerspace loses solar balloon, creating another UFO in New Mexico

bugnuts writes: Local Albuquerque, NM Hackerspace, Quelab, created and unintentionally launched a solar-powered tetroon over the city, prompting several calls to the FAA, Kirtland AFB, and news organizations, describing it as a "floating tortilla chip." The tetroon allows sunlight to pass through the top layer, heating the inner black layers, creating a hot-air balloon as the interior gas expands.

Besides the well-known "Roswell" incident, New Mexico often has many UFO sightings due to the prevalence of technology and military groups, good weather, and clear skies.

Submission + - Interior of burnt Herculaneum scroll read for first time 1

Solandri writes: When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it destroyed a library of classical works in Herculaneum. The papyrus scrolls weren't incinerated, but were instead carbonized by the hot gases. The resulting black carbon cylinders have mostly withstood attempts to read their contents since their discovery. Earlier attempts to unfurl the scrolls yielded some readable material, but were judged too destructive. Researchers decided to wait for newer technology to be invented that could read the scrolls without unrolling them.

Now, a team led by Dr Vito Mocella from the National Research Council's Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (CNR-IMM) in Naples, Italy has managed to read individual letters inside one of the scrolls. Using a form of x-ray phase contrast tomography, they were able to ascertain the height difference (about 0.1mm) between the ink of the letters and the papyrus fibers which they sat upon. Due to the fibrous nature of the papyrus and the carbon-based ink, regular spectral and chemical analysis had thus far been unable to distinguish the ink from the paper. Further complicating the work, the scrolls are not in neat cylinders, but squashed and ruffled as the hot gases vaporized water in the papyrus and distorted the paper.

Full paper in Nature Communications (paywalled).

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